Popular website builder Wix is getting into the point-of-sale business with Wix POS. The hardware and software bundle will help business owners accept brick-and-mortar payments while staying connected to their Wix storefronts online.
The new offering comes through partnerships both with Hewlett-Packard, which produces the hardware tablet, and with Stripe, whose Terminal card reader is powered by Wix Payments.
It's a big move from Wix into a new field — and another sign of the increasingly porous line between online and offline shopping.
Wix Retail POS includes two components, a hardware kit preloaded with Wix's POS software and the Stripe card reader. The hardware integrates with existing Wix ecommerce software including all inventory, orders, fulfilment, CRM, analytics, data and reports associated with a user's account.
Sales made through the Wix POS device will sync in real time with both the Wix Business Manager and Wix Owner app, and vice versa. Processing rates are fixed, with no additional fees tied to the new POS hardware.
Users will be able to create branded digital gift cards, and can save customers' carts or favorite items to their POS tablet.
“We strive to provide Wix business owners with a complete business solution, and we're thrilled to extend our offering to the physical world,” Liat Karpel Gurwicz, head of e-commerce marketing at Wix, told ZDNet. “The launch of our own POS solution comes at a time when businesses must have the agility to move seamlessly between their online presence and offline POS.”
In other words, the new hardware is the first big step from Wix into the realm of brick-and-mortar stores, right when those stores are looking for more online integration than ever.
How the Wix POS Is Sold
The POS is only available for those in the US at the moment, though it will be rolling out to additional countries in the future.
The POS is available with both Wix Retail POS hardware and Wix Mobile POS. It comes with a one-year warranty, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and free shipping. The premium option includes a terminal with customer display, a cash drawer, a barcode scanner, a receipt printer and the Stripe Terminal card reader, though users can also buy a smaller package.
Once users get their kit, they can quickly get up and running just by logging into their Wix account on the POS tablet or through the Wix Owner app, available on iOS and Android. Users will need a Wix Payments account in order to accept payments through the POS.
We've already reviewed Wix as our top pick for an ecommerce-focused website builder. With the new POS, Wix now offers end-to-end commerce integratation, making them even better. An online presence has been a must for business owners for years, but it's not always easy to find a single solution that syncs up with both online and offline purchase activity. Wix POS could be the answer.
Wix isn't the only POS provider in town of course, in fact, its got plenty of competition. Here are the ones we rank best for 2021 at the moment, we'll be sure to assess Wix POS too, soon.
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Tech.co's verdict to help you identify the most suitable choice for your retail business
The typical lowest starting price. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
Is there a version of the software made specifically for iPad use?
Is there a version of the software made specifically for Android tablet use?
BEST RETAIL POS
BEST FREE POS
Best Retail POS
Best free POS System
Best value POS system
Best for customer relationship management
Best for small franchises
Best for integrating ecommerce
Best for those looking to expand from online-only operations
Large or growing businesses wanting an easy set up
Businesses with large, barcoded inventories
$99 per month
Free (but transaction fees apply)
$29 per month
$29 per month
$39 per month
Works with loads of third-party periperals
Sold by Square, separately or bundled. Works with most leading brands and has a great free trial.
Available through third-party vendors
Offers a preconfigured POS terminal with an iPad and tablet stand, a router, a printer, and a cash drawer.
Works with loads of hardware options
Sold by Shopify, but also works with iPads and Android tablets
Sells everything from full cash stations to mobile card readers
Works with lots of third-party peripherals
Sold by Lightspeed. NOT compatible with weighing scales.
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